1995 Latour, Pauillac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beauty, the opaque dense purple-colored 1995 exhibits jammy cassis, vanillin, and minerals in its fragrant but still youthful aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, with exceptional purity, superb concentration, and a long, intense, ripe, 40-second finish, this is a magnificent example of Latour. As the wine sat in the glass, scents of roasted espresso and toasty new oak emerged. This classic will require considerable cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red color. More expressive aromas of crystallized dark berries, dark chocolate and animal fur. Lush and sweet; thick but delineated. Wonderfully concentrated. This, too, seems rather withdrawn today, but the strength of material is clear to see. Finishes with firm tannins and explosive fruit that goes on and on.
Black licorice, cedar, cigar box and fresh herbs. Full-bodied and very structured, with firm, silky tannins and a long finish. Needs time. (Web Only- 2007)
Lustrous deep crimson almost right out to the rim still. Hint of mint on the nose -- quite aromatic. Pretty. Charming for a Latour grand vin! Though there is a strong undertow of graphite. More intense than 1996. 18.5/20 points. Drink 2013-2035.
From a great Bordeaux vintage (Wine Spectator rated 1995 96 points--classic), this perfectly cellared Latour demonstrates why this First Growth is one of the most sought after wines in the world.